Talks Over Iran's Disputed Nuke Program Hit a Snag

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) - Still no deal on Day 3 of international talks in Geneva aimed at reaching an interim agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program and easing sanction.

The French foreign minister says the main obstacle is Iran's refusal to suspend work on a plutonium-producing reactor and downgrade its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium.

A Western diplomat in Geneva tells The Associated Press that the French want tougher conditions on the Iranians than those agreed to by the U.S. and the other negotiating partners.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from Britain, France and Germany consulted today in the Swiss city on how to resolve the obstacles.

Any agreement would be a breakthrough after nearly a decade of mostly inconclusive talks, but would only be the start of a long process to reduce Iran's potential ability to produce nuclear arms, with no guarantee of ultimate success. The carrot for Iran is a gradual rollback of sanctions.

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